Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves placing new bone that has been taken from another body or animal at the site of your broken bone. The bone grafting technique is often used as part of the dental implant procedure to ensure your implants properly attach to the regular bone and jaw. Talk to a qualified and experienced bone grafting surgeon in your area to find out if you're a good candidate for the bone grafting procedure.
If the bones in your mouth need to be repaired or fail to heal after a serious injury, your surgeon may recommend a bone graftingprocedure.
Bone Grafting in Dentistry
When you're getting dental implants or your dentist finds you to be a good candidate for certain types of dental restoration treatments,bone grafting may be a part of your treatment plan. Bone grafting is often used in dentistry to ensure that artificial materials used in the implant process are adapted to your natural bone structure effectively. Your dentist will need to take bone from another part of your mouth or body and use it to expand or support your jawbone.
In some cases, your dentist will use dog bones instead of cadaver bones to perform your dental implant. This process is known as axenograft. Common bone grafting techniques used in dentistry include socket grafting after extraction and ride augmentation after bone loss.
Besides in dentistry, bone grafting procedures are often performed to:
Correct fractures of the spine
Replace bone loss caused by congenital disorders
Restore bone that was lost from bone cancer
Perform facial or cranial reconstruction procedures
Advantages of Bone Grafting
Can restore and maintain facial bone structure
May prevent premature aging and joint-related problems
Valuable addition to a dental restoration treatment plan
Can restore lost bone throughout the body
Disadvantages of Bone Grafting
Additional surgical time to harvest bone for grafting
Risk of pain and infection at site of bone graft
Surgical complications for up to two years after surgery
Bone variability when it's harvested from different donors
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